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Community service for teen who flouted driving laws

Wed, 10 Sep 2014

A teenager convicted of a string of driving offences, including causing serious bodily harm, has been given 220 hours of community service.

18-year-old Matthew Parkinson was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to the eight charges against him - the most serious being driving without due care. 

The Douglas man was driving his car without insurance or a driving licence when he lost control and crashed into a fence near to the Liverpool Arms on January 16th.

The collision resulted in the front seat passenger sustaining a fracture to his arm.

Just three weeks later Parkinson committed four other offences - again driving without a licence or insurance - a decision his advocate said had "no logical reason" behind it.

Defending him he said he'd been trying to make some extra money by doing the car up to sell it and was going through a hard time having been estranged from his family.

In sentencing him Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes told Parkinson he was an "accident waiting to happen" but accepted he was genuinely remorseful.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay costs of £275.

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